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Phillip Ervin gets six hits for Reds at Coors Field

Phillip Ervin gets six hits for Reds at Coors Field

Mark Sheldon

DENVER — The start of Saturday’s Reds-Rockies game at Coors Field was delayed by thunderstorms for three-plus hours. That meant some very late-night baseball for fans in the eastern time zone.
Those who stuck around to watch might not have needed caffeine to stay awake, because there was an absurd

DENVER — The start of Saturday’s Reds-Rockies game at Coors Field was delayed by thunderstorms for three-plus hours. That meant some very late-night baseball for fans in the eastern time zone.

Those who stuck around to watch might not have needed caffeine to stay awake, because there was an absurd amount of action that culminated in a 17-9 Reds victory.

Among the myriad historical moments was Phillip Ervin tying a franchise record with six hits. It was the first six-hit performance in a nine-inning game this season. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun collected six hits in an 18-inning game vs. the Mets on May 4.

Cincinnati remained 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs in the National League Central standings.

Box score

How wild was this game?

• The Reds hit five triples — in the first six innings — the first time that happened for the franchise since June 5, 1929, vs. the Phillies. It was also the most triples ever allowed by the Rockies. According to Elias Sports, the Reds became the first Major League team in the modern era to ever collect five triples and at least three home runs in one game.

• Two Reds — Nick Senzel and Ervin — had career-highs in hits and both finished a home run shy of the first cycle for the club since Eric Davis on June 2, 1989.

• Ervin’s six hits equaled a team record done four times, but not since Walker Cooper vs. the Cubs on July 6, 1949.

• Senzel, who had four hits, had two of Cincinnati’s triples in his first three at-bats. Add in four hits for Yasiel Puig and Jose Peraza and it was only the second time in franchise history that four players had at least four hits in a game. It was also done vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers on June 8, 1940, according to baseball-reference.com

• Cincinnati collected 24 hits, the most for the club since it set a record with 28 hits on May 19, 1999, also at Colorado.

• With 12 extra-base hits, it was the most for the Reds since they had 13 on Aug. 26, 2001, at Montreal.

• The Rockies jumped out to leads of 4-0 in the first inning, 5-4 through the third and 7-5 after six. The Reds got their first lead in the sixth inning and kept it. They scored five runs in both the sixth and seventh innings and batted around each time.

• Reds starting pitcher Tanner Roark allowed a season-high seven earned runs, a career-high 13 hits and a career-high tying three homers over 4 2/3 innings — and did not figure in the decision.

• The winning pitcher was reliever Jared Hughes, who threw one pitch in the fifth inning after Roark was lifted. Hughes got Chris Iannetta to fly out to the left-field warning track.

The offensive oddities aside, this was an important game for the Reds. They snapped a three-game losing streak during which they scored only four runs. The team, ranked 14th in the NL in hitting, had been especially slumping for a couple of weeks and came in with 36 runs scored over the previous 12 games.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook.



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